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NPR's show, 1A, had our VP, Bev Schechtman on a panel on November 11, 2021. The name of the segment is "Against The Pain: The Opioid Crisis and Medication Access." NPR became interested in the show after reading Maia Szalavitz's article about NarxCare in Wired. Listen to the recording of the show. You don't want to miss this!
"We have these people who have been on these meds for 20-30 years and doctors are under extraordinary pressure to get their numbers down" ~Maia
"In a criminalized environment where doctors are not only afraid of losing their license, but of going to prison, and where patients are being squeezed because they're being told 'you can only have x amount because otherwise my numbers are too high,' you end up with a lot of untreated pain." ~Maia
"I'd like to see context added (to these algorithms), if someone moves 3 times in 2 years, it needs to not look like they're 'doctor shopping,' I'd like to see a return to individualized care and stop these arbitrary guidelines where people are having a hard stop on what they can and can't have and they're not looking at what's actually going on with the patient." ~Bev
"I was treated like a criminal; I was mocked, laughed at, scolded, I was embarrassed...I felt revictimized." ~Bev
"There are tremendous gender and racial bias in these algorithms and in this false narrative." ~Bev
"No one should ever be denied care, that's just cruel and unusual punishment." ~Dr. Dombrowski
"Electronic Health Records are just a billing system, not to make patient care better...if you hit something by accident like malingering, next thing you know it's in the chart permanently. It's dangerous." ~Dr. Dombrowski
Dr. Mark Ibsen, who is a fierce advocate for the CPP community, recorded the show with running commentary.
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Caught up in a war against illicit Fentanyl and Heroin, 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic, daily pain have been marginalized and discarded.
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"Doctors can get wiped out in one fell swoop." ~ Claudia Merandi
Listen to Dr. Wrenn describe what happened to him when his patient, who he was treating for addiction, died. "If you prescribe Suboxone, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't."